Idiot Lochte Protestor Update

Well, all things must come to an end.  And so it is with the prosecution of Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh.  Various media outlets have reported that they entered into an agreement to pay a large fine to the producers of Dancing With the Stars in exchange for dropping the criminal charges.

As reported by “Reality TV World”:

Six months after the incident, protesters Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi have agreed to pay a large fine in order to avoid facing criminal charges and potential jail time, TMZ reported.

The men reportedly worked with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office to reach a civil compromise in which they will pay $20,000 to Dancing with the Stars producers, the show’s production company BBC Worldwide Productions, and CBS Television City, where the ABC series is filmed.

In return, the criminal charges against Sotoodeh and Soroudi will be dropped, according to TMZ.

The men would’ve faced up to six months of jail time had the case gone to trial. Although frightened by the protest, Lochte and his then-Dancing with the Stars pro partner Cheryl Burke will not be compensated.

I stand by my theory that these two idiots were motivated not because Lochte was “endangering” other Americans but because Sotoodeh saw it as a way to protect or strengthen his company’s business interests in Brazil.  We’ll never know for sure.

 

Idiot Lochte protesters plead “not guilty”

Just a brief update – Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi have pled “not guilty” to misdemeanor charges of  “leaving a spectator area and entering a stage” and “interfering with a performance.”

http://mynewsla.com/crime/2017/01/12/dancing-with-the-stars-anti-ryan-lochte-protesters-plead-not-guilty/

I still maintain that their reason for the protest was NOT because they felt Lochte had embarrassed the United States, but because Sotoodeh’s business has strong Brazilian ties.

Movie Review: “Into the Forest” portrays women as incapable of surviving the apocalypse

I’m not sure what Ellen Page was going for when she made Into the Forest.  I caught it on Amazon Prime the other night – I enjoy movies about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world and Ellen Page is cute, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I watched the whole thing (no one’s fault but my own, I know), and the whole movie just left me questioning why this movie got made in the first place.

Spoilers after the jump, if you’re worried about that kind of thing.

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Congrats to the Vols…

Good on the Tennessee football players for not letting their own fans’ booing get to them.   They came out swingin’ and the Gators… well, I’m not sure what they were doing.

Aren’t you getting tired of this feeling?

It really was a tale of two halves.  At halftime, Florida led 21-3; the Gators had racked up 300 total yards to Tennessee’s 162.  Josh Dobbs had gone 7-20 for 84 yards and Jalen Hurd had been held to just 36 yards on 12 carries.

In the second half, the Vols held Florida to just 102 total yards while gaining 336 against the Gators’ vaunted defense, en route to scoring 28 unanswered points, plus another seven in garbage time.

This Gator fan was as shocked as everyone else.

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No comments by Lochte protestors

Just a brief follow-up: I did reach out to Barzeen Soroudi and Sam Sotoodeh by way of their business’s contact forms and have not received anything in response.

I think we can assume that I was barking up the right tree, but I’m at the limit of what I can research from the comfort of my office chair.  I have seen some media sources indicate that the two are related, but I don’t know how.

Anyway, time to move on.

Why are Vols so confident?

I have a hard time understanding why Tennessee has been ranked as high as they have been this season; and why Vol fans are so confident about finally breaking Tennessee’s losing streak against Florida this weekend.

Both teams are 3-0, but neither has played against a challenging FBS opponent yet.  Yes, Vols, I acknowledge that you got a trophy for beating Virginia Tech.

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*cough* *cough* BULLSHIT! *cough* *cough*

Well, the media caught up to Barzeen and Sam as they left jail yesterday.  You can see a video of a partial interview at the ABC News site here.

Perez Hilton (yes, I know, I can’t believe I’m linking to a gossip site like that) has some more quotes from these fools:

Sam said:

“I don’t even understand why the people over there did that. I was not even going towards Lochte. I was going in a different direction.”

“This guy runs out, unnecessarily tackles me, hurts me, and as you can see I have bruises. My back also hurts, my neck hurts. Why? He could’ve come and said ‘Please get off the stage,’ or ‘Get off the stage,’ or handle it in a civilized manner. Then, as he was taking me out, he punched me. He kicked me.”

“Our purpose was to get the message out that Lochte is a coward, a liar, and, under Brazilian law, a criminal.”

Sounds like Sam is angling towards a personal injury suit.  More after the jump.

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